If your loved one has a fall at a nursing
home, but it is not serious enough to cause a permanent disability or
possibly death, you need to request to talk to the administrator, director
of nursing, assistant director of nursing, or a head nurse immediately
about them implementing a plan to prevent your loved one from falling
again. All nursing homes are legally required to assess residents for
fall risks constantly throughout their stay. A fall risk assessment
should be performed immediately after every fall. When these assessments
are done incorrectly or not completed, a resident could have a higher
risk of falling.
If the nursing home staff members especially charge nurses are resistant to your concerns about how to prevent another fall from happening, you should consider moving them to another nursing home facility and/or discuss the matter with your local Long-term care ombudsmen.
If your loved one's fall leads to serious injury or death, you should report the fall to:
1.) The Long-Term Care Ombudsman for your area
2.) The agency in your state that oversees nursing home
3.) Attorney - You should consult with an attorney about legal options.
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